[Artsy shot of the new sign through the trees. Gallery-worthy.]
In case we need any further proof that Union Square is obviously the coolest square in Somerville, I give you -- drum roll please -- the Bloc 11 Cafe. This hip little java joint opened last Monday and I finally had the pleasure of ordering an iced coffee there on Saturday. Not only is the coffee great, the real draw to this place (opened by the same people who own Diesel in Davis Square) is the ambiance. The complete package, if you will.
[Get a table near the street, in our old familiar place...]
The whole front is windows, which open into the street. So if you want sun and fresh air, that's the spot for you. The cafe is absolutely cavernous -- with tables and chairs sprinkled throughout. There are not one, but two defunct bank vaults. So if you want isolation and quiet, snag a seat there.
Another hot spot (literally) is the fireplace in the back room, surrounded with benches made from old safety deposit boxes (and don't miss the games in the cabinet!). Come thirsty and hungry -- as there is a full sandwich menu and soup du jour.
In short, if you're looking for me from roughly December 1 through March 20, I'll most likely be holed up in my favorite new place to hibernate.
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.
Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.